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Meaning of CC

What Does CC Mean? (Using CC Online)

Cc (Carbon Copy) refers to an email addressee. A Cc addressee is usually included on an email address list "for information only"; in other words, a Cc addressee is not required to take any action as a result of the information. A Cc email addressee contrasts with a "To" addressee, who is usually required to act on the information in the email.

Making someone Cc addressee is the equivalent of starting the message with FYI (For Your Information), while making some a "To" addressee is the equivalent of starting the message with FYA (For Your Action).

Sometimes, the distinction between a "To" addressee and a Cc addressee is more subtle. The information in the email might be highly relevant to a "To" addressee but only partially relevant to a Cc addressee.

As all recipients of the email can see who the "To" and Cc addressees are, it is a common (but unpopular) practice to Cc a senior person to let all the "To" addressees know their boss is aware of the task.

As well as Cc addressees, an email can have Bcc addressees. These are people copied on the email that the other email recipients are unaware of. Only the sender knows who the Bcc addressees are. (NB: A Bcc addressee will be unaware of any other Bcc addressees.)
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Definition for CC

CC means "Credit Card ". This is the most common definition for CC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Here is some more information about CC:

CC
Definition:Carbon Copy
(on an email)
(see also BCC)
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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When I write CC, I mean this:

meaning of CC
The term "carbon copy" comes from the once-common practice of creating a copy of a document by placing a carbon sheet under the original (the top sheet) so the pressure from the pen imprints carbon from the carbon sheet onto the next sheet below (the carbon copy).
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Examples of Cc in Sentences

Here are examples of Cc being used in conversations:
  • Person A: Why didn't you attend the fire practice? Didn't you see the email?
  • Person B: Yes, but I didn't think it applied to me because I was a Cc addressee.
  • Person A: I will Cc you on the email to the bank so you can track our progress.
  • Person B: Okay, thanks.

An Academic Look at Cc

Cc is most commonly used a verb, but it is also used as a noun and an adjective. For example:
  • Please Cc me on your email.
  • (Here, Cc is a verb.)
  • I sent you a Cc.
  • (Here, Cc is a noun.)
  • I sent you a Cc copy.
  • (Here, Cc is an adjective. In this example, it is being used tautologically because the last C stands for "Copy", making the word "copy" redundant.)
Of note, Cc is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., See See). (NB: Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

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Second Definition for CC

This meaning was also noted:

CC
Definition:Credit Card
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults
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Third Definition for CC

This meaning was also noted, but it is not common:

CC
Definition:Country Code
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers
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Using CC on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, and Yubl)

 
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